New FTTH Council Europe regional event to address FTTH expansion in the Balkans

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Press Release:


Brussels, 26th June 2024. The FTTH Council Europe is delighted to announce the opening of registrations for the FTTH Congress Balkans, a premier event aimed at bolstering fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment in the South-East of Europe. This new initiative, which complements the annual FTTH Conference, is designed to spotlight and support the unique opportunities and challenges of FTTH expansion in regions of Europe which deserve greater attention, starting for its first edition with South-Eastern Europe.


When: October 29-30, 2024

Where: Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel, Dubrovnik, Croatia


This two-day congress aims at gathering up to 500 key stakeholders from the region and broader European markets, including high-level executives, telecom operators, investors, policymakers, and vendors. Attendees can expect a dynamic program featuring high-quality speakers, insightful content, invaluable networking opportunities, and a compact exhibition showcasing the latest FTTH products and services.


Why the Balkans?: The South-Eastern Europe region represents a significant opportunity for FTTH investment and roll-out, with approximately 3,827 million homes still awaiting fibre connectivity, according to the European FTTH/B Market Panorama 2024. This fragmented and diverse market is ripe for collaboration and growth, driven by the EU accession process for several Balkan countries and supported by EU initiatives like the Western Balkans Investment Framework, which emphasizes digital infrastructure development.


What to Expect:

• Expert Panels and Discussions: Engage with up to 50 senior thought leaders and industry experts who will delve into the critical drivers of FTTH deployment in South-Eastern Europe, including country-focused analysis and keynotes from governmental representatives.

• Networking Opportunities: Connect with C-suite executives, directors, and key decisionmakers from across the region and Europe.

 Exhibition: Discover the latest innovations in FTTH technology and services from leading vendors.

• Policy Insights: Gain a deeper understanding of EU support programs and their impact on the digital infrastructure landscape in South-Eastern Europe.


Confirmed speakers:

• Tonko Obuljen - Chair 2024, BEREC

• Dejan Turk - Member of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, A1 Croatia and A1 Slovenia

• Siniša Đuranović - Member of the Management Board and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer (CCO), Hrvatski Telekom

• Slobodanka Gievska - Director of Regulatory and Wholesale Affairs, Makedonski Telekom

• Iva Cibulić Blažević - Director of Public & Regulatory Affairs Department, T-Hrvatski Telekom


More speakers to be announced soon.


Main Congress Sponsor A1 Group: We are thrilled to announce A1 Group as the main sponsor of the FTTH Congress Balkans. A1 Group, a leading force in the development of digital infrastructure across the region, brings unparalleled expertise and commitment to advancing fibre connectivity. Their significant role in driving digital transformation and connectivity solutions makes them an invaluable partner in ensuring the success of this inaugural event. With A1 Group's support, the FTTH Council Europe is poised to deliver a highly impactful congress that will pave the way for accelerated FTTH deployment in the Balkans.


Don’t miss the chance to be part of this pivotal event in the digital future of South-Eastern Europe. Register now to secure your spot and join us in Dubrovnik for an event that promises to shape the future of FTTH in the region.


For more information and to register, please visit FTTH Congress Balkans website.